The family of a Yuba City man killed in a Christmas Eve crash has sued a Yuba City big rig driver, alleging wrongful death.
The California Highway Patrol has said 33-year-old Michael Herrera was killed in a crash that left two others injured Dec. 24 on Highway 99, south of Rio Bonito Road near Biggs.
Officers have recommended truck driver Ravenpreet Singh Johal, 27, be charged with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence for his alleged role in the wreck.
Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said his office has not yet decided whether to pursue charges against Johal. He said further investigation had been requested of the CHP and prosecutors could shortly begin to review the case.
The lawsuit filed earlier this month in Butte County Superior Court by Dominic Herrera and Michael Herrera Jr. — described in court documents as Michael Herrera's minor children — accuses Johal and a trucking company, Z2 Logistics Inc., doing business as Lion Transport, of negligence.
The family is seeking unspecified compensatory damages. Gina Herrera is listed as the children's guardian.
Also named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Louis Corum — a motorist who suffered injuries in the crash — and his wife, Mellissa Corum.
An attorney listed for Johal in a related civil case did not respond to an email seeking comment Tuesday.
According to the CHP, Johal was southbound in a 2010 Peterbilt semi-truck hauling an empty trailer about 6:45 a.m. when he allegedly allowed the rig to cross into the oncoming northbound lane.
The big rig first collided with a Honda Civic driven by Michael Herrera, who died in the wreck.
The semi continued on and struck a Pontiac Montana driven by Primitivo Perez, 36, of Live Oak, who suffered major injuries and has a lawsuit against Johal, also alleging negligence.
A second Live Oak man, Louis Corum, tried to avoid a collision but struck the big rig and suffered major injures.
Johal has denied the allegations in Perez's lawsuit, filed in February. A case management conference has been set for Sept. 2 in that matter.
Officers have not revealed why they believe Johal allowed the semi to travel into oncoming traffic. They said drugs or alcohol were not involved, and mechanical problems with Johal's vehicle also were ruled out.